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Monday, August 3 • 13:30 - 14:00
Collective Intelligence, Connective Intelligence, and Social Systems of Syntony

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Collective Intelligence is the grail of social systems science.  It is key to harnessing the neural power of the human intellect in order to augment human problem-solving capability in ways that are commensurate with the levels of complexity and entanglement of today's wicked problems and VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environments. And beyond that, collective intelligence holds the promise of an emergent level of consciousness, one that arises at the level of the collective and validates the ontological integrity of expression of wholeness of collective being. The former aspect of collective intelligence, known as weak CI, is more concerned with the measurable aspects of IQ in social systems while the latter, known as strong CI, is more concerned with the manifestation of qualities of sentience, though both focus at trans-personal and meta-organismic systemic frames. This paper explores the relationship between the performance criteria of collective intelligence and the systemic state of collective intelligent being.  In doing so, it posits that a precursor for any form of collective intelligence is what can be called connective intelligence, that is, the ability to identify and establish feedback links with relevant and leveragable information sources and enablers in ones environment, be they other human beings, networks, or specific technologies of information processing and communication.  By effectively, efficiently and efficaciously creating linkages that enable and empower collective problem solving and decision taking, connective intelligence creates the operational platform or substrate upon which collective intelligence is brought into play. However, connective intelligence is not a guarantee of collective intelligence for it is quite possible for a rich ecosystem of connective intelligence to be constructed but either only passively engaged or underutilized by the social system(s) that access it. In order for high levels of synergy among the component parts of a given socio-technical system to be realized, a pre-condition of conscious, intentional and purposeful will to seek and create meaning interdependently must also be present.  This collusion or "con-spiration" for the joint creation of meaning is a hallmark of social systems of syntony wherein aligning and tuning with emerging patterns of meaning making is considered an essential characteristic of collective engagement.  Interestingly enough, while the condition of syntony is essential to the establishment of connective intelligence that serves life affirming, future creating and opportunity increasing expressions of collective intelligence, it is just such collective intelligence that, in turn, fosters higher level social systems of syntony capable of manifesting both weak CI and strong CI. 

Keywords:  Collective intelligence, connective intelligence, syntony, synergy, social systems design.


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Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Monday August 3, 2015 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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